Special Report

Most Popular Game Show Hosts in History

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30. Bert Convy (1933-1991)
> Notable game shows: Tattletales, Super Password, Win, Lose or Draw, 3rd Degree
> Years on air as host: 1974-1990
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 638,416

Bert Convy, who played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, was a singer, film and stage actor, and game show host and panelist. The telegenic Convy was best known for hosting the game shows “Tattletales” and “Super Password.”

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29. Jeff Foxworthy (1958-)
> Notable game shows: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, The American Bible Challenge
> Years on air as host: 2007-2015
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 692,656

Jeff Foxworthy gained fame as a comedian with his multi-platinum album “You Might be a Redneck If…” He parlayed his breezy, good-ole-boy persona into hosting the game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”, which he helmed from 2007 to 2015.

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28. Gene Rayburn (1917-1999)
> Notable game shows: Make the Connection, The Match Game, Amateur’s Guide to Love, Match Game ’73-Match Game ’79/Match Game PM, Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, Break the Bank
> Years on air as host: 1955-1985
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 874,506

Gene Rayburn was a comedian and stage performer who appeared in such shows as “”Bye Bye Birdie” and “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” Rayburn worked with Steve Allen on the original “Tonight Show” in the early 1950s. Older television viewers remember Rayburn as the host of the original “The Match Game” in the 1960s and the reboot of the game show in the 1970s.

27. Chuck Woolery (1941-)
> Notable game shows: Wheel of Fortune, Love Connection, Scrabble, The Dating Game, Greed, Lingo, Think Like a Cat
> Years on air as host: 1975-2008
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 953,236

Chuck Woolery, who had aspirations of becoming a rock star early in his career, hosted “The Love Connection” from 1983 to 1994. This game show introduced a bachelor or bachelorette to three possible dates, and the studio audience voted on the best pairing. Woolery was the first host of the Wheel of Fortune from 1975 to 1981, when he left following a contract dispute.

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26. Dick Clark (1929-2012)
> Notable game shows: The Object Is, Missing Links, The $10,000/$20,000/$25,000/$50,000/$100,000 Pyramid, The Krypton Factor, The Challengers, Scattergories, It Takes Two, Winning Lines
> Years on air as host: 1963-2000
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 1,009,384

Dick Clark, the host of the iconic dance TV show “American Bandstand,” and a prolific producer of television programming, was the host of “The $10,000 Pyramid,” which premiered in 1973. The game paired a contestant with a celebrity and the contestant tried to guess words or phrases in a category displayed on a pyramid game board from a description given by the celebrity. The show spawned other versions.

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